What This Vet Did In WWII Went Unrewarded – Until Now!Paul
Last Thanksgiving, Paul Reyburn’s house was broken into and ransacked. Among the things that were stolen was his dad’s Purple Heart from WWII. “Going through everything at two in the morning and realizing that the medal was missing was really a punch in the gut”, said Paul. Warren Reyburn served in the 25th Infantry (known as “Tropic Lightning”) in the Pacific doing Recon for a heavy mortar division and was part of the group that battled 165 straight days for the liberation of the Phillippines. He also trained with the Alamo Scouts, an elite group that was the precursor to the Army Rangers and Green Berets. Warren passed away in 2000. Paul didn’t know how to go about replacing the Purple Heart so he reached out to the local media asking people to keep an eye out. MN Senator Amy Klobuchar saw the story and had her office reach out to Paul saying they would do everything they could to replace the medal.
Fast forward to Memorial Day weekend when Sen. Klobuchar stopped by his house to present Paul and his family with several medals that Warren had earned that even he didn’t know about, including a Bronze Star for valor and meritorious service. Her staff is still working on replacing the Purple Heart but many records of WWII servicemen were destroyed in a 1973 archive fire in St. Louis. Paul says his dad would have been humbled and proud to receive these medals. “He never talked much about the war. This has certainly brought to light some of the amazing things he did. To me, he was just ‘Dad’. But ordinary people do extraordinary things when called upon.”